US Patent No: 8,226,999

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Microwaveable nested trays

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One embodiment includes a package system containing a main container with a smaller container nested in it. The smaller container is filled with a secondary food item designed to be mixed into the primary food item. The smaller container is placed within the main container. The area of the main container not occupied by the smaller container includes a main food item. Both containers are sealed with one film. Before consumption, a consumer will place the package in a microwave to heat. Once heated, the smaller container is removed from the main container, creating space in the main container previously occupied by the smaller container. The main food item in the main container will re-position creating space between the top of the main food item to the edge of the main container. The secondary item can be added into the main container without overflowing out of the main container.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
BARILLA G. E R. FRATELLI S.P.A.PARMA, IT28

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Amigoni, Michele Salsomaggiore Termg, IT 4 11
Aye, George Kyaw Soe Maung Chicago, US 13 217
Bordini, Andrea Parma, IT 2 3
Jung, Jeewon Cambridge, US 17 99
Lai, Sue Chicago, US 3 60
Luna, Eleanor San Francisco, US 3 16
Masotti, Valentina Parna, IT 17 66
Mehlman, Jennifer Highland Park, US 1 3
Minervini, Giancarlo Chicago, US 1 3
Mitkal, Jennifer Chicago, US 1 3
Passoni, Francesca Chicago, US 2 7
Riniker, Daniela Hoffman Estates, US 1 3
Roberts, Iain Chicago, US 21 331
Tedeschi, Giancarlo Fidenza, IT 5 15

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
5,315,083 Microwave cooking utensil 36 1992
* 2007/0090,107 Condiment container 2 2005
 
KRAFTWARE CORPORATION (1)
D568111 Combination tray 9 2005
 
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY (1)
4,925,684 Food package with a microwave releasable sealed closure 41 1988
 
CONAGRA FOODS RDM, INC. (4)
2007/0116,807 Food Tray 22 2006
2009/0022,858 Food product and cooking apparatus 25 2007
2009/0142,455 DESSERT FOOD PACKAGE 23 2008
* 2010/0015,293 MULTI-COMPONENT PACKAGING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS 26 2009
 
CHEF'N CORPORATION (1)
D607275 Set of bowls 11 2008
 
Paragon Group of Plastics Companies, Inc. (1)
* 5,441,707 Sterilization container 52 1994
 
Fratelli Guzzini S.p.A. (1)
D304658 Combined tray and bowl 93 1987
 
Dart Industries Inc. (1)
D408686 Serving tray 45 1998
 
NABISCO, INC. (1)
4,848,579 Food container 44 1987
 
NESTEC S.A. (1)
4,916,280 Food package adapted particularly for microwave heating 69 1988
 
Pillivuyt S.A. (1)
D312189 Serving tray 33 1987
 
COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPANY (1)
* 2011/0259,897 Food Server Assembly 6 2011
 
BARILLA G. E R. FRATELLI S.P.A. (2)
* 7,722,907 Microwaveable nested trays 8 2008
* 2009/0186,131 READY-TO-EAT FOOD TRAY AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME 4 2008
 
RAYTHEON COMPANY (1)
* 4,486,640 Cooker/baker utensil for microwave oven 105 1982
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Juicero, Inc. (1)
9,493,298 Juicing systems and methods 0 2015
* Cited By Examiner

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